Lineman (gridiron football)
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The offensive line consists of the
An offensive lineman's motion during a play is often limited to just a few quick steps (typically from a
On some running plays, an offensive lineman will pull by backing out of his initial position and running behind the other offensive linemen to engage a defensive player beyond the initial width of the offensive line; in modern games this duty usually falls to guards.
When an offensive lineman knocks a player down on a block, leaving the defensive player lying flat on his back, it is known as a pancake block.
Offensive linemen are not eligible to catch forward passes, and are not allowed to advance more than 2 yards past the line of scrimmage at the time a pass is thrown, whether they are engaged with a defensive player or not. However, ends (whether
On running plays, the primary job of the offensive line is to create space for the ball carrier to run, either by pushing all defensive players backwards past the line of scrimmage, or by pushing defensive players to the side to allow the ball carrier to run past them.